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Facing ‘sad situation,’ Giants’ Nat Berhe away from team

New York Giants safety Nat Berhe speaks to

New York Giants safety Nat Berhe speaks to the media during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Thursday, Aug 6, 2015. Photo Credit: Brad Penner

A day after learning that his cousin was one of the 14 people murdered in the San Bernardino shooting, Giants safety Nat Berhe was not at the team’s training facility on Friday.

Calling it a “sad, sad situation,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the Behre’s teammates have tried to reach out to Behre with words of support, though Couhglin has yet to personally talk with him. Coughlin then added that everyone on the team was affected by the senseless loss of life.

“How can you not be,” Coughlin said. “You’re a citizen of this country and you have this circumstance that’s taking place in our country and just, why. And how? Where’s the value of life? What do these statements mean? What in the world are we up against?

“I think (the players) are affected by it, no doubt. They’re very aware of what has transpired. I’m sure they join all of us in wishing it would stop and it wasn’t a part of our world today, but unfortunately, it is.”

Berhre, who is on injured reserve, was at the team facility on Thursday, the day of the shootings and learned that his cousin, Isaac Amanios, 60, of Fontanta, California, was one of the victims. Coughlin said “a bunch of the players” talked to him at the time, offering their support.

This is the second mass shooting this year to personally affect a member of the Giants. Wide receiver Corey Washington, who was with the Giants in training camp, new one of the victims of the June shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Newhouse ‘optimistic’ he’ll play: Whether or not Giants right tackle Marshall Newhouse is able to play Sunday against the Jets appears to be coming down to a game-time decision, a decision that he says that he will make.

“It’s up to me,” Newhouse said. “If I feel like I can go and contribute, than I’m going to play. I feel OK; I’ve made incremental steps. That’s a positive, and we’ll go from there. ... I am optimistic.”

Newhouse missed two days of practice this week with a bad back and on Friday was listed as questionable on the injury report. . If Newhouse does not play Sunday, rookie Bobby Hart will likely get his first career start. Hart came off the bench to play guard for the injured Geoff Schwartz against the Redskins.

Richburg ‘questionable’: Also listed as questionable on the injury report is center Weston Richburg, though he is talking as though he will be able to play.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to go,” said Richburg, who missed last week’s game against the Redskins with a sprained ankle and had been limited in practice this week. “I’m looking forward to being out thee again. It think coach wants us all out there.”

It certainly would be a big help to have some healthy starts on the line as all week most pundits have been giving the edge to the Jets in the trenches going both ways.

Said Richburg: “I could less what anyone says, to be honest. It’s about what we do to make ourselves better. It’s definitely a great challenge for us. That’s how we take it and how we see it.”

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